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Problems seen in getting HSR over the mountains

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I’ve been in contact with Congressman Jeff Denham’s office concerning the California high-speed rail system. I asked a few weeks ago exactly how the HSR was going to get out of the Valley. I told them of my calculations of how the train would ascend to the west and conveyed that we would be on 300-foot towers as we crossed I-5 out of Los Banos. This elevation would be needed to provide the 1 to 2 percent grade they need for the speed of the train.

Descending into Gilroy would be impossible; however, descending into Morgan Hill may be a possibility, by building a descending curve into the track. Again, it would have to be elevated. Denham’s office had no answer, but said they would research the question.

Today, March 10, they said there are no design or cost figures as yet, and that HSR keeps changing everything. They are now considering a tunnel. I said "Through the San Andreas Fault?"

Denham’s office had no response to that question other than HSR has no real plan. So, to all the liberals that voted for these crooks and continue to do so: Would you start to read a book that has no end? Hope not, because it’s a waste of time. Maybe you would if Feinstein said it was a good read. We are not going to survive with the leadership we have. Time to wake up and make changes. “We” being working-class taxpayers.

Have a great day, and think, dam it. Oh, that’s another problem.

Bill Hoffrage,


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